In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came and then morning: the first day.
This is a difficult thing to say in today’s society: “I’m a Creationist.”
Considering my age (just under 30), my job (engineering consultant), education (BS, MS in Chemical Engineering), and Professional licensing (PE in Maryland) this isn’t something many want to be public about. To be an engineer in the modern world and to believe in literal creation as described in Genesis is hard. To be anyone in our modern society and believe in a literal view of Genesis can get you mocked, insulted, or called an extremist.
I have many reasons to trust in the word of the Lord, not the least of which is the fact that it’s the word of the Lord. Why would I doubt what I believe to be the literal word of God, God breathed material as written by the pens of various men throughout history. It has proven itself true time and again with prediction after prediction, truth after truth, and the amazing salvation it displays through the life of Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The Lord’s word contains power, it reveals His power. I trust in the Word of the Lord which became flesh in Christ Jesus, my Lord and my Savior. Jesus is God. His truth is what I cling to and His truth includes a Creation story driven by our God who creates everything. If I trust in Him, if I trust in His truth, I should have the faith to trust in what He says about the creation of the world as true. Why would I pick and choose what to believe from the full counsel of God? You don’t get to pick and choose – either it’s all true or none of it’s true. Period. I believe it all to be the literal word of the Lord, so I accept it in faith.
But, what of evolution?
First, I do not doubt that animals can adapt and change based on their surrounding conditions. This, in many ways, is the basics of evolution. I saw it in the laboratory when I forced E. coli to grow green fluorescent protein with a specific antibiotic resistant strain of DNA. Only those who had the strain survived, those without it died. Makes sense. What I do not believe is that one species transitions into another species. I do not believe one species becomes a superior species over time while the inferior species continuing to exist side by side. What’s the point? If the point of evolution is for each new species to supplant / replace the previous with better genetic traits, why would the original survive? If we’re descended from monkeys / apes, why do they continue to exist? It sounds like a silly question at it’s face, but is it? Ask yourself this question – which takes more faith:
A benevolent God created the various species of Earth simultaneously over the course of a number of days
Species’ transformed from one to the next over time, but competing inferior species continue to exist side by side with their superior evolutionary followup species.
If it’s survival of the fittest, why do these inferior species continue to exist when the superior species has evolved? Maybe because there’s more to it than that. Maybe, just maybe, we have an intelligent Creator who developed the species of the Earth and maybe evolution is a flawed theory.
What of carbon dating? Carbon dating appears accurate within the timespan we are able to document dates based on written historic evidence. Beyond that? It’s all based on calibrations and estimations from very smart people using their own templates / theories on how to estimate. It’s not based on definitive evidence, it’s based on estimates. Educated estimates, but estimates nonetheless. It may be entirely right, but these curves could go into crazy shapes we don’t fully understand at all instead. There’s no way of knowing. Nature rarely follow clear linear paths when doing anything, so I ask, why would this be any different?
We have to accept the fact that those who believe in evolution have to do so with a bit of faith. They require faith in the theoretical science behind it. Not all of it is 100% provable. This is a fact. I can acknowledge what I believe requires faith – can evolutionists?
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